Pelicans vs. Magic Prediction
The Orlando Magic are 1.5 games back in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as they prepare for a home date tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans. Can Orlando earn a key home win as the favorites?
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Amway Center at 7:10PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Magic are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under sits at 224 points. As of Wednesday morning, 69 percent of public bets are being placed on host Orlando. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Pelicans prevail in OT
New Orleans claimed a 129-125 victory in overtime Monday night at Dallas to improve to 31-42 overall and 13-25 on the road. The Pelicans trailed 59-49 at halftime before outscoring the Mavericks 35-20 in the third, but squandered the lead in the fourth and proceeded to clinch the win by outscoring the hosts 19-15 in OT. Julius Randle paced New Orleans with 30 points on 14-of-24 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point distance. He also notched nine rebounds and four assists. Anthony Davis tallied 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. Elfrid Payton secured his fifth straight triple-double with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Frank Jackson added 19 points, four dimes and two boards.
Magic win second straight
Orlando earned a 101-91 home win Sunday night over Atlanta to move to 33-38 overall and 20-16 at home. The Magic led 56-46 at halftime and held on after the break. The Magic shot 33-of-85 from the field, 9-of-37 from 3-point range plus 26-of-33 at the free throw line. Nikola Vucevic paced Orlando with 27 points on 10-of-20 from the field plus 7-of-7 at the charity stripe. He also notched 20 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Aaron Gordon tallied 22 points, eight boards and three assists. Wes Iwundu added 14 points along with seven boards and two blocked shots.
NBA Betting Trends
The Pelicans are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games. New Orleans is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games overall.
The Magic are 7-2 ATS in their last seven home games. Orlando is 2-6 ATS in its last eight Wednesday games.
Are we supposed to trust the Magic here? Even with how dysfunctional New Orleans is these days, I have a difficult time expecting the Magic to roll when they are a sub.500 team on the season and have lost to some of the NBA's worst teams. The Pelicans have showed some fight the last couple games despite some boneheaded on-court decisions. Look for another tight game here as Orlando is playing with some pressure knowing the playoffs are on the line.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS +6.5